TRIGAT originated as a Pan-European Project between France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and later Italy to create a multi-platform advanced anti tank missile system (you can probably see where this is going). It suffered a long, tortuous development program and the disappearance of the Soviet Tank Armies it was supposed to defeat in the first place didn't help things either when it came to attracting money, which resulted in partners dropping out of the program as they thought they no longer needed the capability or acquiring proven off the shelf systems like the laser guided Hellfire to fulfill operational requirements. However in the setting of Wargame this system if fielded by the partner nations, would have had the same proliferation as the ubiquitous Milan system used across many coalitions in game, but far more capable than its predecessor.
Despite its tortuous development the LR component of the system exists in service with the German Military in the form of the PARS 3 LR which at least shows us that something usable finally came out of the program. Overall it is a fascinating missile, both due to its high performance as well as the ultimate simplicity and high interoperability of the design. Perhaps the greatest irony of the designs' limited sales success is its easy integration into platforms designed to use Milan and HOT. Ultimately despite all of its eventual merits, it was a missile without a target.
So what's so cool about TRIGAT? TRIGAT as a system is far more than the end product that we most often associate with it, namely the TRIGAT LR/PARS 3 LR which is commonly known and associated as a helicopter armament on Bundeswehr UH Tigers. In fact TRIGAT is an ATGM system which does what few ATGMs manage to do which is cover the entire trinity of launch platforms from infantry to AFV to Helicopters. There were two variants, TRIGAT MR and TRIGAT LR, of which only the LR made it to service.
Indeed while most people will identify the missile in the foreground, there has always been another parallel development lurking in the background. That program is TRIGAT MR.
Actually the most interesting half of the system in my opinion. Why? The missile and its sight were purposely designed to integrate directly onto existing Milan launch units meaning any existing infantry Milan launch post or those mounted on AFVs would be easily converted to compatibility with this new, highly lethal missile system without the cost of fully replacing the existing launch infrastructure. Does your faction have Milan Infantry? Does your faction have Milan on vehicles? Good news, it is trivial to convert either of these lanchers over to a SALH ATGM with dual modes of attack and a tandem charge .
The missile has a range out to 2400m and uses the same soft launch as Eryx. The missile maneuvers by thrust vectoring and has a tandem charge warhead with an IR proximity fuse. Guidance is by Optical Beam-Riding (OBR) of a coded IR laser beam generated in the 10 urn wavelength region. All the gunner has to do is to keep the cross- hairs of his sight on the target. The missile automatically locks onto the centre beam after launch and receives its flight commands via the laser receiver unit mounted at its rear. In game it would be a highly accurate and lethal ATGM in the 2450m range.
TRIGAT (PARS 3 MR) was delivered for 12 months of troop trials in the third quarter of 1996, delivery of first hardware for start of technical and military evaluation was in the first quarter of 1997 while hot and cold weather firing trials were conducted in 1999-2000. As can be seen in the following images a PARS 3 MR module was at least mocked up if not accepted by the Bundeswehr.
It also seems that the UK was investigating the use of the TRIGAT MR as an infantry anti tank system as well as on vehicles, there are hints that either the TRIGAT MR or LR was intended to replace Swingfire on the FV102 which would have provided a highly lethal anti-tank vehicle in either case. I'm looking for more substantial documentation but I'm more convinced it is the LR as that provides a similar capability to Swingfire in an F&F form. The system was also mocked up and trialed on the VBL as a tank destroyer (no suitable images yet).
Gallery (the available images are not always that great, doing my best to find more.
Simple diagram of TRIGAT MR missile
Bare bones with barely modified Milan firing post.
Trigat MR with thermal sight visible on the unit to the left
Strangely most of the promotional materials seem to be people wearing DPM
Trigat MR team operating out of a FV 510 Warrior
More suspicious characters in DPM
TRIGAT MR firing to test suitability for use with FV102 system
Good grief those Brits are all over this thing (there's pictures of French troops with the system but they're all too tiny to show )
So I lied. TRIGAT LR may be the cooler of the two systems. It essentially is the synthesis of a Longbow Hellfire and a Javelin. Guidance is by an automatic passive imaging infrared CCD homing seeker and the missile possesses a tandem HEAT warhead which is employed either with a terminal dive to top attack armoured targets or a direct attack profile to engage low- flying or hovering helicopters.
Cool story by the way. Allegedly the first firing of the Helicopter borne system was from a AS565 Panther rather than the tiger.
The fire-control equipment (computer, display processor, target trackers and alignment processor) evaluates each target acquired by the sensor sight head assembly. This is used for target surveillance, recognition and identification. All the gunner has to do is designate an acquired target for attack. The tracker units allow independent tracking of up to four independent targets automatically. Once a target is designated, an automatic handover sequence is initiated to a missile seeker so that it can lock on. When this is achieved the missile is fired with the gunner having the option to fire up to four ready to fire rounds at individual targets as a ripple firing within 8 seconds.
This missile was further designed to be compatible with systems using the infrastructure for the preceding HOT missile system and would have been a blockbuster of an anti tank missile on the Tiger helicopters in game as well as various HOT carrying ground platforms. Still tracking things down but it seems highly likely that the UK was eyeing this missile as a modernization of the FV102 ATGM carrier. The system was also earmarked for AMX-10 and VAB HOT carriers. Overall Eurocorps and the Commonwealth just barely missed out on a multi platform F&F top attack missile on Helo and AFV platforms with the same range as Spike-LR. That being said, it's undeniably OOTF, indeed IOC is thought to be somewhere around 1998-2004.